Acupuncture Therapy

 

Dr. Wynn is not only a chiropractic physician, but a certified acupuncturist. That means she can not only alleviate your neck or back pain, but help you lose weight, stop smoking or even stop your child from wetting the bed.

Alleviate symptoms naturally.

 

Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy, called "qi", that circulates through twelve invisible energy lines known as meridians on the body. Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. An imbalance in the flow of qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.

Acupuncturists insert needles into specified points along meridian lines to influence the restore balance to the flow of qi. There are over 1,000 acupuncture points on the body.

 

In 1997, acupuncture needles were reclassified from "experimental" to "medical device" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The National Institutes of Health released a consensus statment in the same year endorsing acupuncture for the treatment of a variety of conditions such as post-operative pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Acupuncture is one of the best known of the alternative therapies. The FDA estimates that people in the United States spend more than $500 million annually on acupuncture treatments. Many people have insurance coverage for acupuncture.

 

There are numerous theories about how acupuncture works. Some of them are:

  • acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins

  • acupuncture influences the release of neurotransmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain

  • acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system

  • acupuncture stimulates circulation

  • acupuncture influences the electrical currents of the body

 

Conditions Treated By Acupuncture

  • sinusitis

  • anxiety

  • quit smoking

  • chronic pain

  • tennis elbow

  • sciatica

  • arthritis

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

  • allergies

  • fibromyalgia

  • pregnancy-related ailments

  • menopausal symptoms

  • low back pain

  • asthma

  • weight loss

 

What a Typical Acupuncture Treatment is Like

  • Before the initial appointment, clients usually complete a health history questionnaire. The acupuncturist then interviews the client, asking about his or her primary health concern, lifestyle habits, diet, emotions, menstrual cycle, sleep, temperature, appetite, stress, and sensitivity to foods, temperature, and seasons. During the interview, the acupuncturist examines the client carefully, noting his or her face color, voice, and tongue color and coating. There are also three pulse points at the wrist of each hand that the acupuncturist will assess to further determine the health of the 12 meridians.

  • After the interview, the acupuncturist gives a diagnosis and begins treatment. Typically, the acupuncturist will use 6-12 needles during the treatment. The number of needles used does not correspond with the intensity of the treatment, rather it is the precise placement of the needles that is important.

  • Upon insertion, the client may feel a slight sting or prick. Once the needle is inserted, there should be no pain. You should feel comfortable during the treatment. If you experience pain, numbness, or discomfort, notify the acupuncturist immediately.

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